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MEPs question Maltese Commission candidate Fearne over criminal charges – POLITICO

After a court document seen by POLITICO on Tuesday evening revealed Fearne would be charged with fraud and embezzlement in a snowballing case, MPs suggested the former health minister’s appointment could now be up for grabs. difficulty.

“The European Parliament has high standards when it comes to approving commissioners-designate,” Cyrus Engerer, a Maltese MEP from Fearne’s Labor Party, told POLITICO. “Past decisions prove it.”

In 2019, Parliament rejected French President Emmanuel Macron’s initial choice as commissioner, Sylvie Goulard, on ethical grounds. MEPs also rejected the applications of Hungary and Romania due to apparent conflicts of interest.

Engage will not be part of the committee to make the call; he announced last month that he would not run in June’s European elections.

Fearne did not respond to a request for comment for this story, but has previously defended his record and insisted he “never” broke the law. On Wednesday, he said on Facebook that he had not received any official court summons and therefore could not comment further on the case.

“I can only say that I have always, always carried out my duty with the utmost accuracy and integrity, and have certainly never attempted to break the law,” Fearne wrote. He added that the Auditor General also said this in three reports on the matter, in which Fearne said “the Minister of Health’s rejection of any meaningful involvement in the advancement of this concession was directly linked to health public.

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